Wandjina and Other Spirits

Artist: Veronica Djanghara

$750.00

76x56cm

Natural pigment on paper

The Wandjina are ancestral spirits who created country, people and animals in the North West Kimberley before turning themselves into rock paintings.

 

 

The Wandjina are ancestral spirits who created country, people and animals in the North West Kimberley before turning themselves into rock paintings. They are sometimes called “lightning man” or “rain maker” and every year they replenish water holes, creeks and rivers through making the wet season. The Wandjina can be vengeful if people break the law, by making savage storms and cyclones. the predominant white colouring and shape of the Wandjina’s body represent water and clouds which are sometimes offset by the use of a red pigment, representing blood that shows us that the Wandjina are partly alive. The Wandjina is closely associated with the Dumbi (owl) which can be seen in the depiction of his large eyes, and Ungurr (the rainbow snake), another creator of Country and story often connected with rain and water holes. Other imagery which can be seen with the Wandjina include the Ulumarra (long neck turtle), which has a Wandjina shaped bone on the back of his head, ancestor figures and bush spirits.